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Board of directors

THEMBANI BUKULA (THEMBANI)
Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (Eng), Post grad dip (Eng Bus Management), MSc (Math, Science & Technology Education)

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Thembani is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience and is currently Chief Executive Officer of PowerX (Proprietary) Limited a licenced electricity trader in South Africa). He was the Regulator Member primarily responsible for electricity regulation at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) from 2005 to 2016. Prior to NERSA, Thembani served as Managing Director of various entities including Testing & Conformity Servicesat the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), Bytes Managed Services and IJANGA Consulting Services.

KARÉN BREYTENBACH (KARÉN)
Independent Non-Executive Director

MBL, BCompt

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Karén is a professional with over 24 years of relevant experience in the conceptualization and design of large infrastructure projects and programmes. She started in 1989 as a financial specialist and grew into a project management role with a focus on public sector funded projects. During 2001, She was approached by USAID (IP3) and seconded to the Department of Finance of South Africa (the National Treasury) to participate in the establishment of the South African Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Unit in the National Treasury. Karén was for a period of 9 years, with the South African National Treasury, Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit and thereafter held the position as Head of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Procurement Office in the South African Department of Energy from 2011 until July 2019. Karén also has extensive experience in the procurement and funding of large-scale infrastructure projects such as accommodation, toll roads, water and sanitation and school infrastructure PPP concessions. She is currently an independent consultant in the energy, water and other infrastructure sectors and hopes to build on her experience and success with the establishment of IPP Procurement Office and the renewable energy and other IPP programmes in South Africa to ensure sustainable and responsible infrastructure development.

SISANDA TUKU (SISANDA)
Independent Non-Executive Director
CA(SA), Bcom (Honours)

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Sisanda has more than 15 years' experience in the financial services sector. Sisanda is a director and chief operations officer at Basis Points Capital since 2009, responsible for the implementation of financial advisory mandates as well as business development. Sisanda was previously a Structured Finance Consultant at Investec Bank Limited responsible for funding transactions in the mid-market space including mergers and acquisitions, leverage buy out and black economic empowerment deals. Sisanda is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

KHALIPHA EDWARD MBALO (EDDIE)
Chairman and non-executive Director

Television Engineering Certificate – NHK Institute: Japan

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Eddie is the Managing Director of Khalipha Consulting, a Film and Broadcast Media Advisory Service company.  He is a Non-Executive Director of On Digital Media, the operator of TopTV, now StarSat, where he has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He saw the company through a business rescue process having served as consultant to the business rescue practitioner. Eddie was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture having served the institution for a period of ten years.  He played a key role in the development of South Africa’s film policy and the creation of financial instruments that support the development of the film industry. Eddie played a critical role in the drafting of the Broadcasting Act, as well as shaping the content development strategy of the South African government. At the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Eddie was awarded the African Vision Award, for his dedication as a creative defender of African Cinema. Eddie Mbalo is an entrepreneur and a director of companies in the different sectors of the economy. He is passionate about corporate governance.

KUBY PRUDENCE LEBINA (PRUDENCE)
Chief Executive Officer

CA(SA), B.Comm, Hdip Accounting

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Prudence was appointed Chief Executive officer of GAIA on 19 October 2016 after serving as the lead independent non-executive director of the Company since listing in 2015. She was previously head of corporate development and investor relations at Atlatsa Resources Corporation, where she was responsible for corporate development, group communication and stakeholder relations. Prudence was previously investor relations manager and corporate finance principal at Exxaro Resources Limited and has also worked for Deutsche Bank SA (Pty) Limited in the Global Corporate Finance division. Prudence served her articles in the advisory department at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Prudence is also an independent non-executive director on the board of Iemas Financial Services (Co-Operative) Limited and DRD Gold Limited.